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  • #16
    If you are feeling emotional about this, try to remember that many, many animals die in order to provide food for you every day. Fields of wheat, corn, veggies etc are barren of life - mostly because the animals were driven out and killed. Also, during storage of grains and food animals are trapped, baited and killed to prevent them from taking the food.. As a vegetarian you were able to block out the animals that die for your existence. As a meat eater, you will have to face it and come to terms with it.

    Buy meat from animals that had a great, fantastic life and a quick death. Buy buying pastured meat you are protecting land for thousands of animals to thrive on.

    From a physiologic stand point, I would suggest starting slow with bone broths with tiny bits of meat in it. Chicken soup made from scratch is pretty easy to assimilate.
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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    • #17
      Hey and welcome. I'd recommend starting with some wild king salmon or something. Something utterly delicious and really incredibly nutritious. I'm sure a 4 oz portion or so would be plenty. You might also consider a top of the range filet mignon - no bones or tendons, very mild flavor, very tender. I would cook it fairly simply or go to a nice steakhouse that serves quality. I doubt your husband would mind splitting one with you!
      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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      • #18
        Wow, thank you everyone! A lot of wise people here Funny, as a vegetarian, I never had objection to anyone hunting, because I figured the animals had a natural life, not penned up in a cage, and man happened to be the predator. Otherwise it would have been some other animal.

        My husband and I found a local farm that looks wonderful, it's family run, and open to tours so I feel so much better about that. I'm going to try some thinly sliced chicken in a salad tomorrow. It might be 5% chicken and 95% salad, but I'm gonna try it! Thanks again for all your encouragement
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        "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." ~Ronald Reagan

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        • #19
          Originally posted by jammies View Post
          If you are feeling emotional about this, try to remember that many, many animals die in order to provide food for you every day. Fields of wheat, corn, veggies etc are barren of life - mostly because the animals were driven out and killed. Also, during storage of grains and food animals are trapped, baited and killed to prevent them from taking the food.. As a vegetarian you were able to block out the animals that die for your existence. As a meat eater, you will have to face it and come to terms with it.
          You're so right. I never thought of it that way.
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          "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." ~Ronald Reagan

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          • #20
            Originally posted by ForensicArtist View Post
            Hi everyone, I'm a brand new member here, and found this site through my husband. I've been reading it for weeks, actually, and just decided to join today. I've seen what 'going primal' has done for my husband's health and his weight, and so here I am, considering whether or not I can try this.

            I became a vegetarian at 16 because of squeamishness, and I just felt bad for animals. Now, I'm 51. Not overweight, good health, outstanding cholesterol levels, great blood pressure. ...but, after seeing the changes in my husband, I just think maybe I could do better. I want to be feel stronger. And I will freely admit, turning 50 does something to a person I want to make the most out of the next decades I've got.

            Anyway, if anyone has any advice, or has been where I am now and made the transition themselves, I'd love to hear your experience. This is scary, but I'm thinking it will be good for me. Thanks for any words anyone has to offer!
            Get some metabolic markers measured first: Medical Tests Recommended by Dr. Ron Rosedale | Sam Snyder

            Moderate your protein intake. Eating meat again doesn't have to mean eating a lot of meat. Go for fatty meats and organs. Health Correlator: How much protein does one need to be in nitrogen balance?

            Increase fats. Since you're vegetarian already, go for the saturated and monounsaturated as opposed to the polyunsaturated.

            Podcast #27: Minding My Mitochondria with Dr. Terry Wahls, MD | The Bulletproof Executive

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            • #21
              Welcome and thank you for starting this thread; so much good information here. As you have been reading the site, you may have already found the newbie threads that are preserved at the top of the Meet and Greet section. They bear re-reading from time to time as you progress.

              Another former veg here! I congratulate you on your commitment to local, sustainable agriculture.
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • #22
                Welcome,

                Seems like you have a grip on meat being natural fare for humans.

                Might as well Queen Bee up and go for the royal jelly.

                Liver, it does a body good.

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                • #23
                  Yeah, forget the chicken breast. Beef liver is where it is at. You might want to eat quite a lot of it for a while... Once your nutrients are restored it loses its appeal. I only want to eat to once a week now instead of every day.

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                  • #24
                    Nutrients was my thought.
                    If you want a small dining footprint on critters.

                    Beef / lamb liver, Salmon / Sardines, bone marrow, for nutrients, and keep up with the veggies.
                    Offal is ignored in mainstream dining, but muscle meat is more akin to iceberg lettuce.

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